We introduced new exterior windows in key places, like the end of corridors, to give access to the exterior while still being resourceful with our budget. Another layer of the design was about making spaces feel comforting and familiar—as if you are just hanging out in your living room.
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In the centre, the service area sits below a large volume that the architects refer to as “the cloud”. This element is clad with vertical white-painted wooden batons, and tilts up at one end to direct customers to where they can order. “The loftiness of the space with natural lighting creates a fresh openness and the cloud serves as a visual focal point to balance the space,” they said.
The metallic veil that enwraps the program volumes establishes a distinctive presence on the San Antonio skyline, changing in appearance with different patterns of daylight and coming alive at night with programmable LEDs. Using the power of parametrics to establish mathematical rules governing the form and construction of the system, the project team could make continuous modifications at a high level and let the software re-draw the details of the resulting panel configurations.
Favor employees helped to hand select and design every piece of furniture and fixture in the office, while music fills the common areas with an employee controlled Spotify playlist. Employee feedback was further incorporated into the office design, with an abundance of whiteboard walls and breakout areas throughout the office to encourage open collaboration.
To reflect Houston culture without incorporating stereotypical Texas elements, the team engaged local artist Randy Twaddle to collaborate on a large-scale graphic vinyl wall covering for the three-level interconnecting stair. The art, created for NetIQ, features dripping coffee on watercolor with superimposed photos of power lines.
The modular timber design from ‘Chalet Hollywood’ is re-assembled as different seating arrangements inside the open-plan gallery, creating an intimate setting for social exchange. The diagonal structure that previously provided the support framework for the liquor cabinets, is now reconfigured as a screen to provide spatial separation.